As No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco were obliterating two more highly ranked teams from other states on Friday night, there was an earthquake in the Bay Area since No. 4 De La Salle of Concord was upset for the first time in 30 years by a Bay Area team (or from north of Clovis). St. Francis of Mountain View did the honors and did it with a TD pass with just 16.7 seconds left. In a Friday matchup of top 20 teams, Los Alamitos topped Buchanan of Clovis, 34-31, in a game that had seven lead changes. Saturday results now added as well.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last Tuesday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Sept. 10)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 2-0
Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) was little match for the Monarchs at the Polynesian Classic in Las Vegas. They cruised to a 49-7 victory. Raleek Brown had an MD career-high four touchdowns on the evening.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 4-0
The Braves jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the third quarter against East St. Louis (Ill.) in blowing out another highly ranked out-of-state opponent, 42-26.
3. Servite (Anaheim) 2-0
Defeated Bishop Amat (La Puente) 58-7 on Thursday. The Friars had taken a 44-0 lead by halftime and by all accounts were looking very comparable to their top two Trinity League rivals on offense, defense and special teams.
4. De La Salle (Concord) 2-1
The streak is over. After 30 year, the Spartans fell to an opponent north of Clovis as St. Francis (Mountain View) pulled off the stunner 31-28. Matthew Dougherty hit Nicolas Andrighetto on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining to power the Lancers to one of the biggest upsets in NorCal history. It will have to be seen how big of an upset it is depending on how both teams do the rest of the season.
5. Centennial (Corona) 3-0
JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) didn’t put up much of a fight as the Huskies bashed their way to a 48-0 victory.
6. Folsom 3-0
Did not play. The Bulldogs will open Sierra Foothill League action next Friday at home against Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills).
7. Norco 3-0
Did not play. Head coach Chuck Chastain’s powerful group has a bye and will take on Murrieta Valley of Murrieta next week.
8. Los Alamitos 4-0
Defeated No. 19 Buchanan (Clovis) 34-31. In a game that featured seven lead changes, the Griffins ran out the final 3:46 of the clock to prevent the Bears from getting a final chance. Unofficially, we had Makai Lemon with 11 catches for 195 yards and two TDs. Malachi Nelson’s passing totals would be impacted by a play we’re not clear if it would be an interception or a fumble after the catch on a strip by Buchanan’s Josiah Ayon in first half.
9. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 2-1
Did not play. The Trailblazers have a bye after their loss to No. 5 Corona Centennial and will return next week with another huge test: No. 3 Servite.
10. Serra (San Mateo) 2-0
Defeated Half Moon Bay 47-7 in home opener on Saturday. It’s a good bet most of the conversation among Padre fans was about league rival St. Francis posting historic win on Friday vs. De La Salle. Serra definitely should still be ranked ahead of St. Francis next week so that means Padres also will be ahead of De La Salle.
11. Carlsbad 4-0
The Lancers went into the halftime break down 14-7 to El Camino (Oceanside), but the Lancers scored 21 unanswered after the break to grab the 28-14 victory and stay undefeated.
12. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 3-1
This is the team De La Salle will be playing next and it’s likely the Dons will come in higher ranked. They just beat Helix (La Mesa) on Friday, 52-0. According to East County media scribe Ramon Scott it is the biggest loss in Helix’s history, dating to 1952. Helix also had 187-game consecutive streak of not being shut out broken.
13. Alemany (Mission Hills) 1-2
After facing two of the top teams in the country, Alemany picked up a 56-21 victory over 0-4 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village). USC commit Kevin Green had six catches for 105 yards and two scores. Quarterback Dylan Gebbia had five TD passes.
14. Mission Viejo 2-1
Did not play. This team’s demanding schedule will resume next week at Alemany (Mission Hills). Diablos have wins vs. Apple Valley and Long Beach Poly with a loss to Servite.
15. Lincoln (San Diego) 2-1
Did not play. The Hornets were not supposed to have a bye, but their game against Mira Mesa of San Diego this week was cancelled due to the death last week of Mira Mesa head coach Chris Thompson. He had bone cancer, but was hospitalized reportedly due to COVID.
16. Clovis 4-0
Defeated Whitney (Rocklin) 27-7. Tristan Risley broke a 35-year-old school record for career rushing yards and told Fresno TV that as a kid he always dreamed of being a star player wearing the blue-and-gold at Lamonica Stadium.
17. Pittsburg 1-1
Head coach Vic Galli’s squad bounces back from its defeat at No. 6 Folsom with a 42-20 victory over No. 24 Valley Christian (San Jose). Khai Taylor grabbed three interceptions while being the main cornerback on four-star prospect Jurrion Dickey.
18. San Clemente 3-1
LOST 7-3 to No. 41 Corona del Mar (Newport Beach). This time, the Tritons were not able to rally late and win in the fourth quarter of a low-scoring game.
19. Buchanan (Clovis) 3-1
LOST to No. 8 Los Alamitos 34-31. A 23-yard TD pass from Jayden Mandel to Travis Sirwet with 3:48 left pulled the Bears to within 34-31 of the Griffins, but they didn’t get the ball back. A third down incomplete pass with 2:32 left would have forced a Los Al punt, but it was ruled as a blow to the head that instead gave the Griffins a first down.
20. Lutheran (Orange) 4-0
OLu needed a late rally and overtime to outlast No. 31 Damien (La Verne) 38-31. Logan Gonzalez was 20-for-34 with 327 passing yards and four scores.
21. Rocklin 3-0
The Thunder ran over Capital Christian (Sacramento) 43-14. Rocklin quarterback Kenny Lueth had 304-yards and five total scores between the air and the ground.
22. Central (Fresno) 3-0
Defeated Edison (Stockton) 17-10. The Grizzlies got past a Vikings’ team that was 3-0 and may yet still prove to be one of the top four teams in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section this season.
23. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 3-1
The Broncos blanked Upland 48-0, a shocking margin to some in the Inland Empire. Vista Murrieta’s only loss is to No. 7 Norco.
24. Valley Christian (San Jose) 2-1
Four-star prospect Jurrion Dickey picked up 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors to push past No. 17 Pittsburg. The Pirates grabbed a 42-20 victory.
25. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 3-1
Defeated Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas) 31-13 on Saturday in “Trinity League Football Showcase” hosted by St. John Bosco. Niko Lopez ran for a pair of scores. The Eagles were ahead 31-0 after three quarters.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Central Catholic (Modesto) 3-0
Defeated San Ramon Valley (Danville) 21-14 on Thursday. Raiders topped team that was No. 30 in our state rankings and will be moving up from No. 46 in last week’s rankings.
Chaminade (West Hills) 3-1
Defeated Crespi (Encino) 42-14. Loss to Cathedral Catholic. Other two wins Oaks Christian & Birmingham (Lake Balboa).
Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 4-0
Defeated No. 18 San Clemente 7-3. The Sea Kings were No. 41 in last rankings. David Rasor completed a one-yard pass in the first quarter to John Tipton for the game’s only score.
Damien (La Verne) 1-2
The Spartans nearly knocked off No. 20 Orange Lutheran and probably should have, but fell 38-31 in overtime. Quarterback Dylan Gutierrez was 23-for-35 for 348 passing yards and had four touchdowns in defeat.
Del Oro (Loomis) 4-0
Defeated River Valley (Yuba City) 41-7. A Saturday result that helps the Golden Eagles was state No. 35 Liberty (Bakersfield) falling 14-13 to Clayton Valley (Concord) at the Honor Bowl in Brentwood. Del Oro handed 2-1 Clayton Valley a 26-20 loss two weeks ago.
The Sentinels pulled out of its game against St. Francis (La Canada) due to COVID.
Loyola (Los Angeles) 3-1
Defeated Cathedral (Los Angeles) 34-6. The Cubs scored 27 unanswered points after the first quarter to push past the Phantoms.
Mission Hills (San Marcos) 3-1
It was a bounce back win this week for the Grizzlies after a loss to Lincoln (SD) as they shutout La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 41-0.
Serra (Gardena) 1-2
Team with losses to Orange Lutheran and American Fork (Utah) but with a win over Long Beach Poly lost on Friday, 14-0, to 4-0 Warren of Downey. The injuries continued to mount.
St. Francis (Mountain View) 2-0
Defeated No. 4 De La Salle (Concord) 31-28. So what will this do to the rankings? The Lancers, who won first game 55-0 vs. Oak Grove of San Jose, will have to come up in front of the team they just beat, but won’t be ahead of Folsom and Serra (San Mateo). Ahead of Pitt? Probably.
Warren (Downey) 4-0
Defeated Serra (Gardena) 14-0. It wasn’t the QB shootout many hoped for as Texas-bound Maalik Murphy of Serra was knocked out of the game in the second quarter. Junior Nico Iamaleava threw for two TDs for the Bears.
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